Medicine: The Main Things

"I'd give the patient another few weeks," said Dr. Napoleao Laureano impersonally, "a month or so at the very most." The young (36) Brazilian surgeon spoke with plenty of authority. He had spent more than two years in an intensive study of the disease in question. Moreover, he knew the patient well. It was Dr. Laureano himself.

Last week, in the simple certainty that his own case of lymphosarcoma (a cancerous disease of the lymphatic tissues) is incurable, he left Manhattan's Memorial Hospital, to fly home to Brazil with his pretty wife Marcina. "A...

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